Today, city's Board of Zoning Adjustments voted on Bacchanal Wine's request to have live music on the stage in their backyard. According to Karen Gadbois of local investigatory journalism website The Lens, who live tweeted the hearing, over twenty neighbors and supporters came in support of the wine shop. The BZA approved Bacchanal's request, meaning music will (finally) be back after the shop got temporarily shut down and music got suspended indefinitely last summer. In addition to wine and, once again, music, Bacchanal features nightly menus of food by chef Joaquin Rodas and was the setting for Janette Desautel's brief outdoor cooking gig on HBO's Treme.
Sez Bacchanal on their Facebook page: "The Bywater made us what we are, and today the Bywater saved our butts. Thank you neighbors for being there when we needed you, we will never forget this day. The Spring will be filled with gypsy swing at Bacchanal." Happy days!
Update: NoDef also attended the hearing and notes that the ruling "also paves the way for Bacchanal's new indoor kitchen to begin operations." Since last summer's raid, Rodas has been cooking from food trucks parked next to the shop.